161 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011
Follow the money. There is healthy scientifice debate and plenty of public skepticism about global warming but the insurance industry is in little doubt and that is reflected in premiums. Funnily enough, most of the people involved in the insurance industry are pretty good at this statistical stuff. They aren't betting against global warming and I'd suggest that you don't either. Local effects are another matter and individuals are notoriously unreliable in knowing whether it's got hotter or colder or wetter or dryer in their locality over the years. What do the insurance companies covering your area think is going to happen?
I was a little surprised by this statement:
"The big difference between the X and the G is in the screen tech. The X uses a RGB-matrix AMOLED panel to the G’s IPS LCD. This means it is more vivid, shows blacker blacks and is easier to read in direct sunlight."
Were the two phones actually compared by the reviewer in direct sunlight? My experience with a Samsung Galaxy 3 is precisely the opposite; the Galaxy's amoled screen is virtually impossible to read in direct sunlight (in Australia anyway).
Re: They almost laughed him out of the boardroom...
I second this motion. Given the number of people happy to cruise down the Rhine on an enlarged barge, shirley there would be punters happy to fly slowly down the Rhine at 50 knots or so? Paris to Venice by airship? I should cocoa! Apparently the airship travel experience is incomparable, why not give people the chance to enjoy it?
Re: Anyone else notice?
This is standard operating procedure for airlines everywhere. For example, compare fares from the USA to South America and vice versa. There is no logic whatever to airfares, and if there is it is that the fares will be whatever the locals can afford to pay. Try flying to Brazil for the World Cup, for example, and you will even find situations where flying the second leg of a two-leg flight costs MORE than the full trip. Crazy stuff.
On the other hand
I recently booked some long-haul flights and I deliberately paid a (admittedly small) premium to go on the national carrier of a small Asian island state rather than a middle-eastern carrier that is a Qantas partner. This was owing to a nightmare experience on said carrier, which is somehow very highly rated, and first-hand experience that the stop-over airport did not match the publicity shots. The entertainment system helps, but it doesn't make any difference to flight delays or other shambles.
Re: What the hell did they expect?
I quite often use a full-featured PC to browse the internet. Meanwhile my partner did a work assignment yesterday on her iPad (with bluetooth keyboard and cover/stand). There is no single use case for a particular kind of device. That's where Microsoft has gone wrong. The software needs to be able to detect if it's connected to a touch screen, ditto a keyboard, and deliver a suitable experience for that hardware setup.They need to stop trying to guess how people might choose to use their devices.
Is that a word, and if so why is it a better word than 'dynamic'?
Another one bites the dust
Another company that made good hardware but never got its Windows software sorted. I'm another who has a Sony eReader, I've been buying books from Kobo for ages since the Sony store never worked in Australia.
The Sony software works kind-of, as long as you have Adobe Digital Editions running as well. With that combo you can usually load the Kobo books onto the device OK, and in my experience it's the only way to ensure you get the book covers and so on looking as they should in the library. But the software has always been buggy and it's more of a faff than it should be.
A locked PDF file is a lot harder to edit than a Word file. There is a clear need for government to have access to a format which allows them to say that this is the final, official version of this document. PDF is suitable for that purpose. This is a quite different need than a format to be used for collaboration or a format to be used for raw data that can be re-used in databases and applications.
Re: I think I speak for most when I say...
I think I've discovered a quantum effect: articles discussing quantum mechanics make my brain hurt before I start reading them.
Re: How the hell do you squeeze a vacuum?
Well of course, that's easy for you to say.
Well yes it would, and in fact classical economics also shows markets tending to oligopoly in the long run if there are significant barriers to entry. Just about every major market you can think of that has been left to its own devices has descended into a cosy cartel of cigar-chomping millionaires dividing up the spoils amongst themselves. The only thing that stops it happening is that they tend to be super-egotists who hate each other, but it's rather unwise to rely on that. That's why laws against colusion and abuse of monopoly power are necessary and why they need to actually be enforced.
Re: Stop humouring us, Net Neutrality doesn't exist, and probably never will again.
I think the net neutrality rules apply within the USA. The rest of the world can, and is, making its own arrangements.
If the batteries are in Boeing's planes then it is Boeing's problem.
Re: @Charlie Clark The mighty have fallen half way
I've got a Transformer as well and it works pretty well, but there are still some applications for which I'll power up the PC and some websites which work poorly on all the Android browsers but work OK on their Windows versions. So for those reasons I'd be tempted by one of these, although price is of course the critical factor. It looks like it will be well over a grand in Australian money, which is probably a bit rich for me.
Re: Be careful what you claim
Defamation law, as I understand it, is meant to protect the reputation of an individual person. The idea that you can defame a company is ludicrous and I'm astounded that no one else has mentioned this distinction.
No comments on the tortured headline?
'It's' is an abbreviation for 'it is'. I don't know what that headline is, but it aint' English, pardner.
Can you put this stuff on your toenails?
If so then the drug companies might actually produce it in large quantities.
Bill Bailey would have your guts for garters
I believe it was actually the other bloke who coined the term 'survival of the fittest'. Darwin preferred the term 'survival of the best adapted'.
Re: Pulled upgrades...
I agree that the long-term Android experience can be rather poor. That doesn't encourage anyone to buy a new Android handset from the same manufacturer, regardless of the specs. That's why it's important for the manufacturers to make sure their upgrades on current handsets are bullet-proof. Most punters aren't interested in custom ROMs.
Samsung also have a fairly bewildering range of handsets at different price points. Some of the bigger phones are a lot cheaper that the S4. So I think they may be canabalising their own sales. Meanwhile Sony have a much simpler product line, although I don't think they are doing so great at the moment either.
Re: A different experience..
My partner was bitten on the toe by a redback and she was given the anti-venom. The possibly limited effectiveness was well known to the nurses and the doctor and discussed with her (she is a nurse) but they recommended in her case she should have it and she agreed. She had the pain, swelling, localised sweating and reslessness for about 24 hours then the symptoms subsided. Plenty of locals apparently don't bother going to hospital when they get bit, which is maybe not too wise.
For what used to be an interesting train trip, try the one from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Not much variety these days; palm oil plantation followed by palm oil plantation as far as the eye can see. Just because it looks green from a distance doesn't mean it is good. Some of the locals will tell you the palm oil plantations are just replacing the old rubber plantations, but I don't think that's the half of it.
"Three million three hundred and fifty thousond three hundred and one; three million three hundred and fifty thousand three hundred and two, three million three hundred and fifty thousand three hundred and three."
"Cup ot tea George?"
"Lovely, white and one please!"
"Um, um...bugger! ....one, two, three..."
Is proofreading really forbidden? Given that it is axiomatic that you can't proof read your own copy I find that astoiunding. Of course there are people who think they can proof their own copy, but they are worng (see what I did there? Did I make any other non-deliberate mistakes - probably). Do lecturers enjoy reading essays with lots of typos?
Re: This is why the UK Governments PV subsidy is stupid
Perhaps it would be better to use land that isn't being used for growing food at the moment.
Re: the most intresting question remains...
But if the DNA keeps getting re-introduced to the mix by, basically, shagging your relatives, which is likely in small populations, does this not complicate matters just a little?
I'm not sure your argument support the usefulness of the term 'race' either. It's now just sounds like an attempt to use a non-scientific term to replace a scientific term that is becoming increasingly hazy.
Re: She answered the question
Don't know how to edit my posts: that should read: "Are you the best source for your own content"?
She answered the question
but it wasn't the right question, which is "Are you the best source for your own contect"? If the answer is no, then people will pirate. If you are the best source, they will even pay for it.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
Funny, I thought the Graf Zeppelin was broken up for scrap after nearly ten years of safe operation.
Good advice except that it's impossible
Every blinkin' website, including this one, requires you to register in order to comment, not to mention banks, software suppliers like Adobe etc etc. How are you supposed to remember all these passwords? OK, you put them in a password manager program. How do you secure that? Another password you have to remember. You're supposed to change that regularly of course, but it still has to be something that is a) hard to crack, but b)easy (or at least possible) to remember. If that gets cracked, they get everything. It's still better than nothing, but suggesting there is a security process that works reliably is highly misleading.
Australia, meaning all of Australia, has just recorded the hotest September ever recorded. Last January was the hotest January ever recorded. Just two more data points to add to the whole, weather isn't climate etc. The new 'Liberal' government's first act was to abolish the Climate Commission. Remarkable considering some of them are farmers.
Re: Here we go again
I actually saw a bloke on the train last night using a Windows phone. First time ever. This proves that Windows phones are now wildly popular. Or maybe it just proves that they are very colourful, or something.
Re: EU and US competition issues?
Consumer law also comes into it in Australia. For example, resale price maintenance of the kind described in Vietnam is illegal in Australia, don't know about other jurisdictions (having said that, Apple seems to have successfully prevented discounting on its products in a way that doesn't seem to have ever been adequately investigated). Any anti-competitive behaviour that affects consumers can attract the attention of the relevant authorities.
Best at none
Actually, you're right. But most people don't need best, or else can't afford it, and settle for 'good enough', which is what my Transformer Pad is. I think Intel's problem here is that what they are trying to do is not possible in Windows; compact, light weight, long battery life, fully featured apps etc - at the moment, you have to choose a couple of those things. A lot of people are choosing to have Windows PC at home (and the office) and an Android or iPad device for everything else.
It seems to me that a suitable solution would be require voters to number all the boxes above the line. That way people would at least have to read the name of the party they are preferencing and they might decide not to vote for the "Release more pigs in national parks" party etc after all.
Re: None of the above
Exactly, because voting is compulsory some people just take the ballot and make a deliberate informal vote. It's kind of surprising there isn't more fraud considering you don't have to show any ID, but the fact is fraud isn't a big issue in Australian elections and there is nothing to be said for fixing a problem that doesn't exist.
But it's a diesel
Encouraging more diesels in private cars doesn't seem very eco friendly to me. No mention of fine particle particulates in the article (cough, cough).
Part from A and part from B
I would have thought that a live stream was a broadcast, but a 'podcast' was not. If you don't send it until I specifically ask for it then it is not a broadcast. If you are streaming in real time then it is a broadcast. I may not be listening at any particular time, but that is no different to a radio station that you only hear if you tune in to that frequency.
While I may accept that the system in the Senate may look 'Byzantine' to the uninitiated, the preferential system in the House of Reps is pretty simple, and ensures you have to receive at least 51% of the vote to get elected. 'First past the post' voting may be simple, but it is not democratic in my view, since it frequently results in people being elected who are not wanted by the majority of the voters in that electorate.
There is another problem apart from price. The conventional channels, which now include Foxtel, are simply not the best source for this content. They interrupt the shows with adds, they put station logos on the screen, they run tickers for the next program at the most dramatic moment in the program etc. In the digital age, if you are the best source for your own content, you own the content. Otherwise, people will run the risk of viruses and trojans in order to get a 'clean feed'.
Re: What about AEW?
Quite, all the things that are 'routine' but still require carrier qualified pilots, like COD (Carrier on Board Delivery, at least that's what they used to call it), in other words the mail and beer run (and high value spares, of course). Crying out for a suitable drone, and the AEW thing has got to be the next option shirley?
The broader point is that, once you no longer have overwhelming superiority, dispersal and muliplying your launch platforms becomes a lot more sensible. Smaller carriers carrying lots of drones give the potential enemy a different kind of headache. This is because the aircraft, whether manned or not, are still relatively fragile and if your big carrier suffers heavy damage you're likely to lose the lot.
Who are these people who manage to use a web browser without bookmarks? I just don't understand how they do it. I've used Opera as my main browser for 10 years and if there are no bookmarks or they do what Firefox mobile do and dump bookmarks into a random, unsortable pile, then it will be goodby Opera for me. What browser I will use instead will be a problem, however, since they all seem to have lost their minds on this score. It's simple really, there are some sites I visit less often than others. That, in a nutshell, is why you need bookmarks that you can sort and put in folders that make sense to you. Hopefully there is one person left at Opera who is paying attention.
my Asus Transformer Pad is slowly declining in usefulness. The updates to the operating system have somehow destroyed the battery life and now the stock browser is crashing when I try to open the bookmarks folder. All the other Android browsers seem to hate the idea of putting bookmarks into folders. Hmmm, this could be an interesting device, or it could be a Frankenstein's monster. Asus will eventually learn that bad after-sales support will kill you in the long run.
I used to get parcels delivered to a small local post office I could walk to. But the post office started getting more and more parcel deliveries. Great you may say, more business for them! Oh no, too much hassle, now that branch won't accept parcels at all, and the service has been 'consolidated' to a post office miles away. Way to shoot yourself in the foot. I'm at home most evenings; so are the delivery drivers, or so it seems.
Straw man made of straw
That's your post-war justification for the war. The pre-war justification was that there was evidence of real and imminent threat. This turned out not to be the case, because the 'evidence' turned out to be scanty and from very few sources. That is not the case with the study of global climate.
Well, we get the home team, such as Bullants, and the visitors, such as Argentine ants, so there's plenty out there to ruin your picnic. Some species seem very attracted to hard drives (spinning disc so magnetic field?) and once they arrive they are a bugger to get rid of.
Re: 'the launch should have PayPal and its ilk very worried indeed'
There are more than enough people who have had Paypal decide to debit their linked bank account and inform them afterwards who will no longer have anything to do with Paypal. You're not getting their business at the moment, if the only options you provide are Paypal and direct debit. They'll have a look at your payment terms and shop elsewhere.
Oh noes, what do?
Sue them all, you have a legal right to. On a related note, does anyone else think it's ironic that the leading search engine should become an enemy of curiosity (if you define curiosity as I do, the ability to be interested in almost anything)?
is supposed to be determined by the courts, not by admistrative fiat. Before they can say you have done anything 'illegal' you have to be convicted of doing so in a court of law. They have to prove their case, not just say "Make it so".